DIY December : Pallet Boxes

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When we laid sod in front of the barn, it was delivered to us on old wooden pallets (12 to be exact).  They sat in a pile, unnoticed for days, until I realized how perfectly distressed they were.  I had been needing some old wood to make flower boxes for an upcoming wedding and this was exactly it.  I built them myself (proud moment).  Ok, I may have had a little coaching but I did most of the work.  ;)  Once I got over the fear of cutting off a finger, it really wasn't all that hard.  

Matierials I used:

Wooden pallets, a skill saw, a miter saw, a pencil, a speed square, a measuring tape, and a pneumatic staple gun.

  • I used the skill saw to cut the wood from the pallet frame (leaving the nailed center and ends intact).  You can pull them apart but it is much easier to cut around the nails and leave that piece of wood alone.  I liked the wider pieces (5") of wood for my big boxes.  It was the perfect size and made for less cuts.
  • I measured and cut (with a miter saw) all the pieces I needed before putting them together.  For one box, I cut 3 equal size pieces (15" long) for the bottom and sides and 2 equal size pieces (6" long) for the ends.
  • Finally, I stapled the sides into the bottom piece and finished it by stapling the ends.
Look how serious I am in this picture!  LOL!

Look how serious I am in this picture!  LOL!

The picture above is of me building boxes with leftover plywood.  They are built the same just different wood.  

The finished pallet wood boxes

The finished pallet wood boxes

We have already used these boxes for many things.  They are the perfect centerpiece but we also love them as food containers.

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Lined with gingham napkin and stuffed with homemade biscuits.

Lined with gingham napkin and stuffed with homemade biscuits.

Flipped upside down and covered with gingham napkin.

Flipped upside down and covered with gingham napkin.

In honor of my DIY December, I used the pallet boxes to make an inexpensive Christmas arrangement.  This project literally cost $1.  It would be great for a centerpiece, a gift, or for that little something on your coffee table.

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All you need to create your own is a piece of floral foam (not necessary but will prolong the life of your greenery and help keep it in place), pine cones, greenery, and something red.  I have tea olive bushes outside my door so that is what I used.  You could use boxwood, holley, or anything green.  I also have nandina bushes that produce the perfect red berry.  I placed the floral foam inside the pallet box, inserted greenery on all 4 corners, and filled the box with pine cones.  Finally, I filled in the holes with more tea olive and nandina berries.  Not bad for $1.00, huh?!

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Ok, I will admit the spark creeped in a little.  I am still not ready to tackle the tree but I did get excited about my Christmas table decor!  Stay tuned!  

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